HOI AN WRECK SMALL FLORAL BOXES
Measurements: 5.3 cm – diameter, 4 cm - height
Description: A selection of lovely Hoi An floral blue on white porcelain boxes. Perfect as a gift from antiquity and ideal as a jewellery or trinket box. The boxes come in two types. The first one is a creamy white glaze box (no. 2) formed with a soft indentation to the lid filled with a delicately painted floral spray rendered in underglaze blue. A small blue circle marks the seam between base and lid, the remaining surfaces left undecorated. The second type (no. 1 and 3) are boxes with a top decorated with a central floral medallion with a raised button centre from which radiate six conjoined petal lappets containing scrolling tendrils. The sides are decorated with a repeating wave pattern above a double line band around the base. Price is per each item, please state your preferred item while ordering. Box 3 is SOLD.
In the mid 15th century a freighting junk loaded with fine Vietnamese pottery sank in an area of the South China Sea called the “Dragon’s Embrace.” Around 1994 local fishermen began finding pottery in their nets. The Vietnamese Government determined that this was a significant find and engaged an archaeological salvage company to locate the ship and retrieve the cargo. Many thousands of pieces of pottery were found – in fact, the greatest recovery of sunken treasure of all time. The best pieces are in the museums of Vietnam. The larger, fine pieces were auctioned in the world’s major auction houses, in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, etc.
Reference: Butterfields, Treasures From The Hoi An Hoard - Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th / Early 16th Century Cargo, Volumes 1 & 2, lots 1869 and 1929.
Period: 1450 AD
Condition: Perfect, intact, a possibility of small firing flaws and minor chipping.